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        Late on June 30, 2020, the Greek Government finally announced who can enter Greece from July 1, 2020.

        But is it worth the hassle involved? It was reaffirmed that the EU countries: United Kingdom,and Sweden cannot have direct flights on July 1, and therefore their nationals are not welcome to Greece until the planned date of July 15th. Fellow EU state Ireland is also in the same situation. This will be reviewed in two weeks time.  The 2 week re-evaluation schedule applies to all countries not just Britain, Ireland and Sweden.

        Using careful wording, the Greek government says that there is the possibility of entry for third-country nationals who already are in possession of a residence permit in Greece. There is also the possibility for other exceptions. For example non-EU citizens but who are family members of European citizens.  Non-EU health workers and caregivers of the elderly, border staff, agricultural workers needed to harvest produce, those in transportation and a whole range of others in the diplomatic services, military and charity organisations.

        Also allowances are being made for humanitarian reasons.

        NON-EU countries which made the cleared list for July 1st

        The delayed Greek Government decision that was expected on Monday (June 29th) stated the final list of countries are: Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Morocco, Montenegro,New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Serbia, Uruguay, Thailand, Tunisia, China. It excluded the UAE, USA and Israel which were mentioned in the potential list for approval but rejected upon revision of research.

        In order to prove their place of residence, third-country nationals may present their residence permit, work permit, identity card, as long as it states the place of residence and / or the driver’s license or other documents.

        The Greek Governemnt re-affirmed that the door is always ‘open’ for overseas Greek passport holders  or those Greeks with the EDTO Special Greek Identity Card.

        It looks like with so many considerations anyone arriving in Greece should be prepared for many questions by immigration and health officials and the possibility of taking a Covid-19 test, is it really worth the hassle until things get sorted out more clearly. Are we that desperate for a holiday? Maybe it is just as well that the United Kingom, Ireland and Sweden’s folks won’t face off bureaucracy on arrival until it all settles down.

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